The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday, made known his plan to disengage some public servants in the state for fiscal reasons.
This was contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye.
Mr Adekeye stated that the decision was one of the necessary moves to salvage the state’s finances.
He said a significant amount of the statutory federal allocations is being spent on the wages of public servants monthly.
A part of the statement read “Therefore, the state government has no choice but to shed some weight and reduce the size of the public service. It is a painful but necessary step to take, for the sake of the majority of the people of this state.
“The public service of the state with less than 100,000 employees and their families) cannot be consuming more than 90% of government resources, with little left to positively impact the lives of the more than 9 million that are not political appointees or civil servants.
“It is gross injustice for such a micro minority to consume the majority of the resources of the State,” he said.
PlatinumPost had reported that over 4,000 staff across 23 local governments had on 6 April received their disengagement letters.
Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), described the action as “arbitrary and cruel”, and called on the Kaduna State Government to reverse the mass sack.
He said the decision to give effect to compulsory retirement of officers that are 50 years old and above; compulsory retirement of officers on Grade Level 14 and above, even when they are less than 50 years violate the fundamental human and trade union rights of Kaduna State workers.